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Rocket Ship Playground  | Highland Park, Illinois

Our team led the design process for this custom destination playground. We worked closely with the Park District and created the vision for the rocket ship and space-themed playground. The iconic Rocket Ship playground had been beloved by the Highland Park community. The 5-12 year-old playground includes an interactive rocket ship with multiple play experiences such as sliding, climbing, balancing, pretend, and role playing. Inclusive expression swings allow a caregiver to swing with their child in front of them. Sloped poured-in-place rubber surfacing includes planets and stars to balance and jump on. An interpretive sign at the playground tells the story of the rocket ship’s importance to the Highland Park community. The playground is adjacent to a new nature-themed playground for 2–5 year-olds and a new seating plaza. The seating plaza was funded by the Parks Foundation of Highland Park.


Park District of Highland Park



1.07 acres


Design Team

Eriksson Engineering

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